TTouch and The Tellington Method
Created by Linda Tellington-Jones, world renowned horsewoman and clinician, TTEAM is a training system based on cooperation, communication and understanding between horse and rider. TTEAM training consists of bodywork, groundwork and specialized riding exercises that release tension and resistance and increase willingness and the ability to learn.
Bodywork – “The Touch That Teaches”
TTouch is a gentle form of bodywork that helps to release pain, trauma and injury. Through a series of lifts, slides and circles on the skin, awareness and healthy function are restored. The touches are easy to learn and use, and can be a valuable addition to any rider’s “tool kit”.
Groundwork – “The Playground of Higher Learning”
TTEAM leading exercises, combined with the obstacles of the Playground of Higher Learning, aid in the development of balance and coordination in both the horse and handler. The exercises build trust and enhance communication while encountering new and unfamiliar situations.
Riding Exercises – “The Joy of Riding”
Through the use of various pieces of equipment and exercises like bridle-less riding, many challenging training issues can be addressed. From leaning on the forehand, balkiness and rushing, to everything in between, there are techniques and tools to help solve your problems under saddle.
I provide individual training sessions for clients and their horses in Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Lake Counties. Please call or email me for my rates and availability.
What my clients say:
My horse Cheney–a beautiful, opinionated, playful, 12-year-old Tobiano Paint gelding–and I first met Kathleen at a Linda Tellington-Jones TTeam clinic that I signed us up for on a slim hope. After struggling through series of serious assaults to his previous good health, including surgery for colic, jugular vein thrombosis, cellulitis in both front legs, suspensory desmitis and pigeon fever, Cheney was left in pain, angry, reactive and fearful of people whom he no longer trusted. For me, a year of dealing with veterinarians, trainers, handlers and purported “healers” that were anything but, put me in the same boat. During the clinic, Cheney presented a big challenge to the group–fighting leads, feigning strikes, tossing his head compulsively and pretty much resisting all attempts to calm and counsel him. My strongest memory out of a weekend filled with powerful memories, is of Kathleen and her willingness to “take us on.” Alone among a talented, committed group of horse handlers and “gentle leaders,” Kathleen seemed always ready, willing and able to try something else for Cheney, showing up consistently at gates, in Cheney’s pen and in the arena. During what turned out to be the darkest time of my relationship with Cheney, Kathleen held out a hand and brought a combination of flower essences, body work, TTeam techniques and her unique, quietly confident presence to work with us.
Eileen O’Connor, Larkspur, CA